Seattle Aquarium welcomes a new river otter!

Molalla the river otter

1-year-old North American river otter Molalla.

A new North American river otter has come to the Seattle Aquarium! We’re delighted to announce that Molalla, a young male, arrived at the Aquarium today. Molalla is just under a year old; he was born at the Oregon Zoo on January 28, 2013.

As noted by Biologist Julie Carpenter, North American river otters are managed as part of an Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) species survival plan. It is through this plan that the recommendation was made for Molalla to reside at the Seattle Aquarium.

When can visitors to the Aquarium come see Molalla? That has yet to be determined. “There are still a few hurdles to jump before he can go on exhibit,” says Julie. “He’ll be in quarantine for observation, and an introduction plan will  be developed once we have a good understanding of his reactions to his new environment, and his responses to our other river otters through the protection of our holding area fences,” she adds.

Stay tuned for an announcement of when Molalla will join the other river otters in their exhibit! In the meantime, click here to learn more about North American river otters.

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